About Cora

We met Cora on April 9, 2011, and fell for her sad beagle eyes immediately. Little is known about Cora’s history, but what was clear by both her demeanour and her physical scars was that she had been mistreated. She was, and to a degree still is, afraid of everyone and everything.

Cora’s adoption picture

The Animal Guardian Society had rescued Cora from a Kentucky pound that had put her on the “euthanize” list. She had been dropped into a “doggy drop box” outside the pound with no collar or other identifying information. Perhaps she was a stray, or maybe she was a hunting or breeding dog who was deemed past her time. The vet who examined Cora after TAGS saved her from her fate estimated her to be five years old, based on the condition of her teeth. We had been looking for a one- or two-year-old dog, but we discovered when we looked into her eyes that age really didn’t matter. As it turns out, our vet thinks Cora’s closer to eight, and we, too, believe she’s older than five. But that’s okay. We hope we’ll still be able to give her a good six or eight or maybe even ten years. She’s had a hard life, so we’re thrilled to be able to turn things around for her for whatever time she has.

Cora is timid with strangers but a bit of a kooky little girl with us. She is definitely a morning dog and has taken to waking us by thumping her tail on the floor or putting her front paws on the edge of the bed and sticking her nose in our faces. She’s very excitable in the morning and on occasion will break into a run on our walks, and at meal and snack times, she dances around the kitchen making what we call “monkey noises.” (See video footage here.) Other than these bursts of energy, Cora spends most of her day curled up on a love seat or in a dog bed snoring away—and she’s a loud (but adorable) snorer.

Cora’s favourite “safe spot” is in the rock garden at the back corner of our yard. On this day she was hiding from the window cleaners we’d hired.

If Cora sees us petting Dusty or Hogan, she’ll thump her tail before getting up to get in on the action. And as part of the melee, she holds her own, twisting and turning about to urge the others out of the way and to ensure she gets equal (or better) “hand time” from us.

Although we’ve heard Cora bark in her sleep a few times, we had never heard her bark during her waking hours until recently (more than six months after we adopted her). Of course, I blogged about it (click here). We suspect she was punished for barking in the past. I hope that someday she’ll feel confident and comfortable enough to really let out a hearty beagle aroooo.

Cora is slowly starting to learn how to play. We’ve caught her chewing toys on a few occasions. She enjoys gnawing on a Nylabone once in a while, too. Dusty’s tried to teach her to play his way (by wrapping his mouth around her snout or her leg), and we’ve seen signs of her attempting to mouth him, but she stops as quickly as she starts, we think because she’s still uncertain. (Update: She played with Dusty one morning!)

When new people come to the house, Cora hides and just hopes they won’t approach her. On occasion, though, she’ll come out of hiding to watch the activity from a safe distance. Although she still cowers a lot—especially with strangers but even with us sometimes—she’s actually made great strides in overcoming her fearfulness. There is still lots of room for improvement, and we look forward to each little step she makes toward becoming a confident and carefree dog.

Cora’s Likes and Dislikes


✓ walks
✓ car rides
✓ treats of almost any kind
✓ belly rubs
✓ ear scratches
dead birds (learned the hard way)
✓ eating dirt
✓ meal times
× strangers petting her
× blueberries
× ear cleanings
× showers/baths
× going through unfamiliar doors
× other dogs barking
× the sound of a pop bottle opening



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2 Responses to About Cora

  • Andrea says:

    I found your website in looking for advice on my 6 month old beagle pooch who just decided to make a late-night snack out of a dead bird. But it will definitely be on my bookmarked list from now on! I teared up reading Cora’s story – we rescued Jello and sometimes I just cry thinking what would have happened to her if we hadn’t! I’m so happy Cora found such a happy and loving home! I can’t wait to hear more as she gets more comfortable in your house – and I hope she gives you a healthy beagle “arrroooooooooo” one day soon!

    • Cathy Witlox says:

      Thanks, Andrea! Cora is doing so well, and although we haven’t yet heard an “arrooooo” (which I would so LOVE to hear!), we do now hear what we call her “hunting noises,” which she makes when she smells or sees a rabbit in the backyard. She kind of sounds as though she’s being tortured when she makes them (they’re awful sounds!), but every time I hear them, it makes me happy because for months and months and months, we heard not a peep out of our girl!

      Good for you for rescuing Jello! And thank you so much for following!

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